Orange Democratic Movement may have to look for an alternative candidate in the up-coming Mathare by-election after its choice candidate ditched the orange party for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA.
Stephen Kariuki, ODM’s candidate in the March 4, 2013 general election, has chosen to listen to his mother and former area MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who has been making frantic efforts to attract the attention of the president’s party.
The Mathare by-election was called after Kariuki successfully petitioned the Court to nullify the results that declared George Wanjohi as area MP. The latter subsequently appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal.
But yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal that had declared Wanjohi’s win invalid.
Bishop Wanjiru, we can authoritatively report, this week met TNA bigwigs for five hours at an exclusive Apartment Hotel in Kilimani area, Nairobi County where she struck a deal “too sweet for Kariuki to refuse”
Attempts by ODM mandarins to reach out to Bishop Wanjiru and have her and son re-join the party have not borne any fruit.
The woman of cloth was overheard recently vowing to “teach ODM a lesson” for embarrassing her by failing to nominate her to parliament. Wanjiru believes the only reason Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, her bitter rival, got nominated to the senate was the latter’s blood relations to ODM de facto leader Raila Odinga.
With the exit of Kariuki from ODM, the orange party’s only other option is to field Antony Oluoch, a Nairobi City advocate. This means the populous Kikuyu vote will be in one basket thus denying ODM a chance to split that vote if they had fielded Kariuki.
Analysts say the most probable person to win the seat may be an Independent candidate owing to the confusion engulfing City’s two main parties – TNA and ODM!
Nixon Kavai, a veteran City journalist is the sole candidate on an Independent ticket and is already attracting serious attention from Mathare residents